Outdated security leaves the United States open to computer hacks
You would think that the U.S. government would have the most updated security systems to protect their employees’ information, but a recent large-scale computer hack proves otherwise.
On Thursday, 4 million current and former federal employees had their personal information stolen off of government computers. Little is known about this major breach of data, but China has been pointed to as the most likely suspect.
U.S. officials believe they know the Chinese hackers responsible because of digital clues that were left behind. The Center for Strategic and International Studies asserts that China is to blame based on the specific data that was stolen and that there was no evidence of the information being sold.
Some of the known stolen data consists of social security numbers, background checks, addresses, bank information, and security clearances. The government’s obsolete security system is partially to blame.
The security system that the government currently has set in place keeps hackers away from the information it’s protecting. Once a hacker finds a way to bypass the security, there is no further protection to kick the person out. Most new security systems have some form of protection set in place that will keep trying to prevent the hacker from taking information, in case they get past the first line of defense.
Although the outdated security systems are somewhat responsible for the data being stolen, the damage has been done, and it’s time for the affected government employees to take preventative actions. Those that had their personal information stolen are being told to change all of their passwords and watch over bank accounts.
It is unknown as to what will be done with the millions of employees’ stolen personal information. Now that there has been a data breach of this magnitude within the U.S. government, they finally might upgrade their obsolete security system.
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